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Ford, Tauchman, Gardner in Yankees’ starting lineup

NEW YORK (AP) – Yankees manager Aaron Boone made three changes to the starting lineup of his slumping team against Atlanta on Tuesday night, inserting the first baseman Mike Ford and left fielder Mike Tauchman giving Brett Gardner his second start this season in center field.

DJ LeMahieu moved back to second base from first, center fielder Aaron Hicks, left fielder Clint Frazier, and second baseman Rougned Odor moved to the bench.

New York has lost five straight games, dropping to 5-10 for its worst start since 1997.

The switch-hitting Hicks batted .160, including 3 for 32 vs. right-handers, Frazier was hitting .167 with no RBIs, and Odor batted .125.

Ford was to make his season debut. He was recalled from the alternate training site and took the roster spot of Jay Bruce, who hit .118 and retired Sunday.

Jameson Taillon started for the Yankees, who were starting a stretch of games on 13 consecutive days. Charlie Morton started for Atlanta.

Boone said he might give Hicks another day off Wednesday.

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